Wai-O-Tapu Thermal Wonderland, Rotorua
Wai-O-Tapu is a spectacular showcase of New Zealand’s most colourful and unique geothermal elements sculpted & formed by thousands of years of volcanic activity. Technically, it’s part of an 18sq Km active geothermal park at the northern end of the Reporoa Caldera (a collapsed volcanic crater) that formed 230,000 years ago. Completely unique and totally surreal, Wai-O-Tapu is Maori for ‘Sacred Waters’, named in recognition of the mana (spiritual power) embodied in it, but we just know it as a thermal wonderland. Well defined tracks take you around the volcanic features, the mud pools and to the Lady Knox Geyser which erupts at 10:15am every day. JustGoThere!
Prices are in New Zealand Dollars (NZD). The tour is available 365 days a year.
April-October: 8:30 - 17:00 (last admission 15:45)
November-March: 8:30 - 18:00 (last admission 16:45)
Christmas Day: 8:30 - 17:00 (last admission 15:45)
Lady Knox Geyser erupts each day at 10:15.
There are 3 loop tracks in the park: the first one is 30 minutes in duration, the second - 50 minutes, the third - 1.5 hours.
Total duration of the tour
30 minutes +
100% cancellation fee apply if you cancel the tour within 48 hours
201 Waiotapu Loop Rd, Waiotapu 3073